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02 Oct 2017

Sentences for Animal Cruelty Offences in England to be increased to Five Years

Environment Secretary, Michael Gove, has announced plans to increase maximum sentences for cruelty to animals in England from six months to five years. Having more punitive sentences at their disposal will, according to DEFRA, allow the courts to better deal with extremely shocking cases of animal cruelty. The announcement has been welcomed by animal protection charities, including Battersea Dogs & Cats Home, which launched a campaign to increase sentences to five years earlier this year. David Bowles, head of public […]

06 Sep 2017

Scotland to increase animal cruelty sentences to five years

Scotland has announced it will increase sentences for animal cruelty offences to 5 years over the next Parliamentary year. The announcement was made in its 2017/18 Programme for Government, along with other animal welfare measures, including: * A public information campaign on the risks of buying puppies online and rehoming dogs from abraod; * Amending the Animal Health and Welfare (Scotland) Act 2006 to increase sentences for animal cruelty offences to a maximum of 5 years in the most serious […]

26 Aug 2017

Animal Law, Ethics and Legal Education Programme Released

The programme for our upcoming Animal Law, Ethics and Legal Education Conference is available now! We are hosting the event on Tuesday 5th September in conjunction with Liverpool John Moore University’s Law School, and we have some fantastic talks lined up from speakers including animal law expert, Mike Radford OBE, Compassion in World Farming‘s Peter Stevenson, Chris Butler-Stroud, chief executive of Whale and Dolphin Conservation, and many many more. Places are still available, so if you’d like to book a place, visithttps://www.ljmu.ac.uk/…/animal-law-ethics-and-legal-educat…. […]

14 Aug 2017

Free Animal Sentience Webinars

Two free webinars about animal sentience and the law will take place next month. The first webinar takes place on Wednesday 6th September and will be hosted by barrister and animal law expert, Ian Robertson. The title of the first webinar is “How do you want the law to define sentience so that it benefits people and animals?” The second webinar will take place on Thursday 7th September and will be hosted by Dr Kate Litten, who works for the […]

11 Aug 2017

CCTV in Slaughterhouses and Codes of Practice Consultations

Michael Gove today announced plans to make CCTV mandatory in all slaughterhouses in England. Under the proposals, Official Veterinarians and officials from the Food Standards Agency (FSA) will be given unrestricted access to footage. The announcement has been welcomed by the British Veterinary Association (BVA), the FSA, and animal protection charities. Alongside these plans, the government also announced it intends to update statutory animal welfare codes of practice, which have long been considered to be outdated. The first code of […]

27 Jul 2017

ASA clears ‘Humane Milk is a Myth’ advert

The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has cleared a newspaper advert which uses the phrase “Humane Milk is a Myth,” after receiving seven complaints, some of which came from within the dairy industry. The complainants suggested that the claims made in the advert were inaccurate and did not reflect how dairy cattle were treated in the UK. The ASA, which regulates advertising in the UK, refused to uphold the complaints against the Go Vegan World advert because the claims made in […]

25 Jul 2017

Lords’ ‘Brexit: Farm Animal Welfare’ report published

Today the House of Lords EU Energy and Environment Subcommittee released its ‘Brexit: Farm Animal Welfare’ report. The report is the result of the Subcommittee’s mini inquiry into the potential effects of the UK leaving the European Union on farmed animal welfare, which was conducted earlier this year and to which ALAW submitted a written contribution in conjunction with Wildlife and Countryside Link. Key findings and recommendations include: UK farmers could find themselves to be uncompetitive if imports from countries […]

24 Jul 2017

Animal Welfare discussed in House of Commons

Last Thursday Michael Gove MP, the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, stated that the government intends to keep existing animal welfare standards as a minimum once Britain leaves the EU. Whilst taking oral questions in the House of Commons, Gove said, “There will be no compromise on our standards.” Gove confirmed that article 13 of the Lisbon Treaty, which recognises animals as sentient beings, would be part of the Repeal Bill, but stated, “Before we entered […]

22 Jun 2017

EECLR vote in favour of relaxing Scottish tail docking laws

Last Tuesday Scotland’s Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform Committee (ECCLR) voted in favour of a motion to allow tail docking in spaniels and hunt point retrievers. A full chamber vote in the Scottish Parliament will now take place. The motion proposes permitting tail docking of up to a third in working spaniel and hunt point retriever puppies under five days old. Support for the amendment has been criticised by the British Veterinary Association (BVA). Melissa Donald, BVA Scottish Branch […]

13 Jun 2017

First OIE Global Strategy for Animal Welfare adopted by 180 countries

The first OIE Global Strategy on Animal Welfare has been adopted by 180 countries. The aim of the Strategy is to achieve “A world where the welfare of animals is respected, promoted and advanced, in ways that complement the pursuit of animal health, human well-being, socio-economic development and environmental sustainability.” The Strategy is based on four principles: Development of international animal welfare standards; Enhancement of capacity building and training of Veterinary Services; Communication with governments, national and international organisations, and […]